MGUS: Monclonal Gammopathy of Unknown Significance
Posted Feb 07 2012 2:31am
Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is the most common of a spectrum of diseases called plasma cell dyscrasias. Its prevalence increases with increasing age and it is in majority clinically slient. The term MGUS denotes the presence of a monoclonal immunoglobulin (Ig), also called an M-protein, in the serum or urine in persons without evidence of multiple myeloma (MM), Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM), amyloidosis (AL) or other lymphoproliferative disorders. Once these conditions have been ruled out, no farther workup or investigation is routinely recommended. Inital and subsequent testing is limited to•Include baseline measurements of serum vitamin B12 and RBC folate levels and a hypercoagulation profile. •In addition, specific workup relative to the gammopathy should include a bone marrow examination, skeletal radiography (including single views of the humeri and femurs and complete spinal with optional lateral views), and a 24-hour urine collection for protein quantitation. •Serum protein electrophoresis should be repeated in 3 months after diagnosis. If the results are stable, medical assessment should be performed every 6-12 months. If a patient has an IgM M-protein, aspiration and biopsy of the bone marrow and CT scanning of the abdomen may be useful in detecting WM or other lymphoproliferative disorders. If all these results are satisfactory, serum electrophoresis should be repeated in 2-3 months at the earliest, and, if the finding is stable, the test should be repeated at 6- to 12-month intervals. Serum and urine electrophoresis with immunofixation should be performed if the serum M-protein value increases or if other evidence of evolving MM or WM is observed. No treatment is recommended for patients with MGUS, until and if, it evolves into another plasma cell dyscrasia. Recently various subtypes are being defined based on advanced tests but this had not reached clinical use.
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